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Department of Community Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry Hasanuddin University Dentist Makassar, Indonesia

Muhammad Ilyas , Clarissa Phielip

Muhammad Ilyas
Department of Community Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry Hasanuddin University Dentist Makassar, Indonesia. Email: ilyasmils@yahoo.com

Clarissa Phielip
Department of Community Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry Hasanuddin University Dentist Makassar, Indonesia
Online First: February 28, 2014 | Cite this Article
Ilyas, M., Phielip, C. 2014. Department of Community Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry Hasanuddin University Dentist Makassar, Indonesia. Journal of Dentomaxillofacial Science 13(1): 28-32. DOI:10.15562/jdmfs.v13i1.383


The main objective of caries prevention programs in the community is to reduce the number of colonies of cariogenic
bacteria, especially Streptococcus. A method of caries preventionthat is currently developed is a method using probiotics
through yogurt. This research is a laboratory based experiment using the cross over with control group design. Fifteen
samples were collected randomly from a population of preclinical dentistry students of Hasanuddin University from
entry year 2008 until 2010. The results showed a significant difference between before and after drinking yogurt where
the number of colonies of cariogenic bacteria in saliva reduced (p<0.05)and there is also a significant difference
between the temperature of the yogurt in reducing the average number of cariogenic bacteria in the saliva after six and
nine days yogurt consumption (p<0.05). In addition, there is a significant difference pH of saliva between before and
after drinking yoghurt (p <0.05). It is concluded that drinking yogurt reducts colony of cariogenic bacteria in young
adult saliva

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